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The Human Services Alliance, a new non-profit holding company, recently assumed management of both Friendship House and the Advocacy Alliance in an effort to strengthen and increase the clinical and other services for many individuals and their families who are served both human services organizations.

Friendship House is beginning a new era to build upon the foundation, which was laid by the founders of Friendship House over 135 years ago. Clinical leadership, children’s resiliency, and family empowerment are the new Friendship House’s building blocks.

“The new Friendship House is a collaborative where professionals and families work together to deliver services focused upon helping children and adolescents develop to their full potential and be as behaviorally healthy as they can be,” President/CEO of both Friendship House and the Advocacy Alliance, Alex J. Hazzouri, said.

The new Friendship House serves children who have emotional and behavioral difficulties, those who have been traumatized by loss, abuse or neglect, or who have witnessed violence. The Northeast Regional Autism Center located at the new Friendship House in Scranton is a state of the art diagnostic, evaluation, and treatment center for children who have autism and their families.

The Northeast Regional Autism Center also offers respite services to participating families. Respite services provide parents with the opportunity to leave their child in a safe and secure environment, while allowing them necessary time away from their child to complete day to day chores and tasks, as well as reconnect with their other children and family members. These services are very important given the intense level of attention and care required for a child with autism.

To celebrate the new beginning for Friendship House, Peter and Margo Cosgrove are bringing back the fundraising event, “Spring Break for Autism”. As parents of an autistic child the Cosgroves are thrilled about the new changes at Friendship House.

“This event was created 10 years ago by myself and my husband along with some other parents of children with autism,” Margo said. “There is a fantastic new management team at Friendship House and we are looking at this year’s event as a celebration that will coincide with the new beginning for The Northeast Regional Autism Center at Friendship House.

“Although Friendship House has been around for 130 years, there are new ideas and people who are working to enhance the entire facility as well as the services provided at Friendship House,” she said.

Proceeds generated by the benefit will help fund services to families provided by The Northeast Regional Autism Center at the new Friendship House.

Spring Break for Autism will be held at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St. Dunmore, PA on Friday, April 4 beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be refreshments for guests including appetizers, seafood and carving stations, as well as an open bar. Ej the DJ will provide entertainment and music for the crowd. The event will feature raffles as well as silent auction offering the chance to bid on incredible prizes including a year of massages from Steven’s Chiropractic, a week-long trip to Fripp Island, SC (including a monetary gift towards transportation), a men’s bike from Sickler’s Bike Shop, four rounds of golf at The Country Club of Scranton, a limousine ride to NYC from Gilbride Limousine (including gift certificates to use in NYC), a baseball autographed by Sandy Koufax and many more items.

Tickets are $85.

For tickets, please contact one of the committee members or Friendship House at 570-342-8305. Tickets may also be purchased on the Friendship House website http://www.friendshiphousepa.org/donate.html

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